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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the amazing hoppy beers being brewed by American craft brewers this beer is heavily hopped, packing it with tropical fruit flavours and aromas. Pineapple, passion fruit & grapefruit are the dominant features of this beautiful amber ale, that has a big strong malt backbone to balance out all the hops.


ianwelby's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ianwelby (865) - - FEB 2, 2013
Cloudy amber ale with a frothy head. Aroma is, unsurprisingly, strong hop but it has a tinge of citrus and possibly a sweeter fruit to it as well. Taste matches that though not as strong as you might expect from the scent, but it’s balanced nicely. There’s fruit in the finish but almost a toasty hint as well. Delicious.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
graemem (4) - - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
Full of powerful malty flavour. One pint is never enough... Still my favourite strong hopped IPA.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1136) - CROATIA - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a thin khaki head; tropical fruit aroma with some hints of malt and floral notes; taste is more tropical fruits with a hint of caramel and malt; finish is bitter; nice IPA

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (2307) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2015
Cask at Old Bulls Head, Newcastle under Lyme. Pours golden with a white head. Sweet pine hop, boozy finish but well balanced. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomgorm (37) - maroubra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2015
Bright, slightly cloudy orange with a thin head leaving light lace. Firm malt aroma with tropical hops. Marmaladey bitterness, and a stale/musty component which doesn’t actually detract from the beer that much. Some light hops aromatics peek through, but this is an older example. Still a fine beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Bottle. Supplier: Alterego (Bristol). Hoppy with hints of caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (832) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2015
Cloudy, orange-gold pour with a thin white head. Tropical, passionfruit, pine, citrus aromas with nice malt underneath it all. Sweet, malty, but with tropical fruit and a bit of a bitter kick. Nice amount of carbonation but tiny little bubbles, gives it a good creamy feel. Bloody good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2769) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
Another gem from this solid brewer. Produces up a misty, lustrous, sunny amber with a lasting, tight, snow white foam that weaves a thick lace. Juicy and heavily resinous nose that oozes melon, grapefruit, pale stone fruits, orange peel and pine. Quite soft on the palate with a creamy and smooth finish made just that little bit rough from the bright hopping. Massive assertive bitterness that edges floral and resinous. Rose water meets camphor and nettles in the lengthy finish. A goid amount of tropical fruit esters fill it out with a grainy, biscuity malt base to keep it grounded. There is a touch of the 6.5 ABV that enhances everything around it. This is lipsmacking good ale. Balanced to a ’T’ with plenty of atoma and flavour, and still light enough to smash back all afternoon. Delicious! (50cL, BB 26/10/15, Luckies Liquor, East Vic. Park)

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2015
[Bottled, at the Great British Beer Festival, 2015 - Tutored tasting with Roger Protz] - Bristol Beer Factory Southville Hop IPA, 6.1%, bright amber, clear. Grapefruit, pinewoods, herbs on the nose. Sweet tropical fruit, medicinal notes very strong, herbs there too. Middle is floral, still very alcoholic. As is the finish. Cloyingly sweetish aftertaste of oranges and alcohol. Bah!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1545) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 7, 2015
500ml bottle @Mad for Beer (Rome). Pours a light amber color, unclear, with a medium and persistent off-white head. Aroma of malt, grassy hops, pine and grapefruit. Flavour is balanced between malt and hops, medium sweet with a medium bitter end. Medium body, medium to light carbonation. Ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheKernOwl (66) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Fruit punching its way out of the glass (Lemon zest + Pineapple + Peach). Body not as hoppy (malt lends a Bitter-esque balance) but a v bitter finish (in a good way) which makes the whole thing together as a bit better than just a big hop-smacking water-fest. I’ll put it on record: I, for one, would happily go South-ville!


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